Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Day After Tomorrow

I was flipping channels over the weekend when I chanced upon the movie The Day After Tomorrow. I’ve seen the movie before but I couldn’t help but watch it again because I wonder if the reality shown in the movie is closer than ever. 


In the movie, Dennis Quaid is a scientist whose climate projections have predicted a drastic climate shift. He tries to warn the US government about the fast-approaching dangerous effects of global warming, which was dismissed by the US Vice President. In the end, the climate predictions made turned out to not only be real, but had such devastating results where countries in the northern hemisphere froze over and only a few survivors made it out alive. 

With the weather in the northern parts of the US being freezing cold these days due to the polar vortex, I can’t help but wonder just how close to reality the movie is in the years to come. It’s scary to think that things could end up the way it did in the movie but with the way things are going these days, I can’t say that I’ll be surprised if it did. Given the fact that even in a tropical country like the Philippines we are getting temperatures that can even be colder than some parts of the US, I think that the climate reality in the movie is not that far behind. Maybe not as extreme as entering into another ice age, but we will definitely be feeling more significant changes in our climate and environment because of global warming. Sad and scary, but true. 

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want it to go to that extreme. No one does. But the thing is, what are we really doing about it other than talk? I admire the countries that talk the talk and walk the walk but there are still SO MANY that are not following suit. It could be because some countries are still chained to big businesses that cause the type of pollution that is affecting the environment, it could be because politics is delaying any significant action or it could also be because there are still a majority of people who are climate change deniers.  

I’m enjoying the cold weather right now and honestly, I would love to have cold weather like this all year round but the thought that this is because of melting polar ice caps is heartbreaking. It makes me think of how much the sea level is rising, about how the world is drastically changing and fast. 

It gives me hope that there are many people who are making an effort to help save the environment. The people who truly commit to a zero-waste lifestyle. The people who are working towards the widespread use of renewable energy sources. The lawmakers and leaders who are putting their foot down on creating legislation to push for a zero-waste lifestyle and the use of renewable energy. I just hope all these actions to be more environment-friendly are not just for show and not something that people are doing because it is the popular thing to do. I hope we do it because we believe in it, because we are committed to it. That we are doing it to make sure that our children and our children’s children have a world that they can enjoy the way that we did when we were all younger. 

There is still so much to be done and there are those who say that it is all too little too late. That scares me. I wonder if the people who are in power, the people who have the resources and connections to make things happen, are scared too...or at the very least sad about it. 

Does anyone want a Day After Tomorrow scenario? I know I don’t. 
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